A woman drowned while on a family outing in Lake Tahoe Friday night despite her husband’s efforts to save her, authorities said.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire Department said the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. near Zephyr Cove on the California-Nevada border.
The woman, who has not yet been identified, jumped from a boat into the deep end to swim, but then became distraught and, according to officials, asked for help.
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Her husband jumped in with a life jacket to help her. Officials said the boat then swam away with the couple’s six children on board.
“The boat was in the middle of the lake at Zephyr Cove with six children on board,” rescue workers tweeted.
The boat was found around 9 p.m. after people heard the children on board scream for help, officials told FOX40. The father later suffered from “severe hypothermia”.
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All were taken to hospitals for treatment after suffering from varying degrees of hypothermia.
The woman’s body was found shortly after 9 p.m. Rescuers tried to resuscitate her, but efforts were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead.
It is not yet known why the father was unable to get back on the boat after jumping into the lake.
The incident is being investigated further.
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